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Dear Blumhouse, we are forever your fans! Blumhouse is set to release a series of horror films and thrillers–each riveting, thought provoking, and original!

Blumhouse’s latest film, “Black Box,” starring Mamadou Athie and legendary actress, Phylicia Rashad, delves into a experimental technology gone horribly awry.

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In the film, Nolan (Athie) is a man who struggling to recover his memory after a tragic accident which also left his wife dead. He is helped through his daily functioning by his kind, but parentified and patient daughter. Wanting to get back to a normal life as a respected journalistic photographer he finds that his brain injuries have affected the quality of his work. After the urging of a friend he goes to see a brilliant doctor, Lilian (Rashad), who through the use of an experimental treatment attempts to restore his memories. The procedure, however, has some frightening side effects as a menacing force in his subconscious attempts to emerge!

This film is eerie and in all actuality highly plausible. We have seen so many times where people who were pronounced brain dead emerged from comas and or traumatic brain injuries whole, but slightly different. The film plays on age old fears of human experimentation and “skin wallking”–all too often experienced and feared in the African-American community. (Think “night doctors,” or how it is a common belief by many medical professionals that Black people feel less pain than other races)

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We snagged an interview with the film’s star, Mamadou Athie, and he revealed his own takes on “Black Box.” The actor states the film was scary to him in some surprising ways. “Man just to have that happen and not be in control is terrifying…it really just makes you wonder and think like is there technology being developed to do that? How could someone really get out of that? And what about their families? It’s just a lot.”

Mamadou’s role as “Nolan” marks his first time portraying a father on screen. “It was surreal man, especially since I don’t have any children of my own..I feel like it just adds a new layer to the story because Nolan was literally fighting to reclaim what was left of his life–the most important being his daughter…that was just a lot…”

Black Box is the latest entry in the horror/science fiction/thriller genre with a predominantly Black cast. With films like Get Out and Us, and series like Lovecraft Country; more and more diversity is pouring onto the screen. “Traditionally, Black people have just been tokens here and there [in the horror genre] but now we are finding our places in these tales and stories…it really expands the imagination of what Black people can do and also creates more opportunities and roles for people of color…”

We love Black Box and cannot wait for all of you to see it! Be sure to stream the film airing exclusively on Amazon Prime

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No Recasting! WB Opts to Write “Cyborg” Out of Upcoming “Flash” Movie!

Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

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Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

via TheWrap.com

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“Justice League” actor Ray Fisher, who was offered a cameo role last June to appear as Cyborg in “The Flash” solo movie, publicly stated he did not want to be involved with the project via Twitter, hence the character of Cyborg has been written out of the screenplay and will not be recast, according to insiders with knowledge of the situation.

Fisher publicly resigned from the role last week in his continuing beef with DC Films President Walter Hamada, who is overseeing “The Flash.” The actor tweeted on Dec. 30, “Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler. He lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept. 4th hit-piece sought to undermine the very real issues of the Justice League investigation.”

Fisher added in his tweet, “I will not participate in any production associated with him.” Of note, Hamada did not oversee the “Justice League” production and was not the head of DC Films at the time, nor was he employed during the film’s initial release.

Hamada first joined DC Films back in 2018 and lead the division to the release of its highest-grossing film to date, 2018’s “Aquaman,” which banked over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. On Tuesday, it was announced that Hamada had reupped his deal as president until 2023. Fisher called the news “reactionary” in a tweet later that day.

We hate to see Ray Fisher leave the DCEU; but as fanboys we hate to see Cyborg will not be appearing in The Flash film. As we posted in a previous article there are a number of young Black actors who should have been recast for this role, even if it was just a cameo.

What do you think of these developments? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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WB Reportedly Recasting “Cyborg” for Future DCEU Movies!

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984, has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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As you may recall, Ray has been quite vocal with his distaste for the executives and directors over the superhero films at Warner Bros.; alleging racism, favortism, and non-professionalism.

There is no news yet in who they may be eyeing for Cyborg, but it will be necessary. The hero has come to prominence over the years as a mainstay of The Justice League and was set to have a standalone film in the coming years.

Superhero roles are quite coveted in Hollywood nowadays. Here is a short list of who we think would make a great candidate for Victor Stone/Cyborg:

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Daniel Ezra

Daniel Ezra plays “Spencer James” on The CW’s “All-American.” There he plays a gifted football player, something Victor Stone was before his accident spurred his father to save his life with cybernetics. Daniel definitely would bring some serious muscle to this hero.

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Da’Vinchi

Da’Vinchi is an amazing young actor with the looks and physique to play Cyborg. Like Daniel Ezra he too plays a gifted football, and on Freeform’s grown-ish he was basketball star, “Cash Mooney.” We stan for Da’Vinchi he’d be bring some rather suave and debonair qualities to Cyborg.

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Niles Fitch

Niles Fitch’s fame hails from being the teen and young adult version of “Randal Pearson” from NBC’s hit series, This Is Us. Niles has already played a superhero of sorts in Disney’s “Second Born Royals” and definitely can do all the athletic feats it requires to be Cyborg!

What do you think of our picks? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Some Kind of FUN! Davien Harlis’ “Some Kind Of Christmas” is DELIGHTFUL!

It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

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It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

Grade: A-

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Some Kind Of Christmas centers on Gary (Tomathan McGinnis), the VP of a successful pet crematorium, who opts to finally go home for Christmas to introduce his family to his boyfriend. His plans go awry when his boyfriend abruptly breaks up with him, leaving him spiraling. His best friend and coworker, steps in and hires him a “date” for Christmas on a dating app called “Ken.”

Gary and the Ken (also the alias of the date, played by Davien Harlis) get off to a rocky start when the latter thinks he may just be looking for sex. Ken soon learns, however, Gary’s family is anything but traditional. His parents are traditional and conservative, his older brother is rude and seen as The Golden Child, and his younger sister, is married to an elderly man and carries around a baby doll…

Ken presented as Gary’s friend, witnessing the ups, downs, of a seemingly nice family in need of some real healing and better communication across the board. It really is “Some Kind Of Christmas.”

We have to say we really loved this film! To learn that Davien gathered everything he needed for it in three months and filmed it in six days is a true testament to his abilities as a filmmaker and resourcefulness. The movie is heartwarming with family elements, but definitely spicy with its love scene (OH MY!)

The overall message of the film is togetherness and acceptance, something we can never learn enough about. These times are trying and we need to see family settling their differences and coming together for momentous events like the holidays.

We attended the 3 night premiere of “Some Kind Of Christmas” at CineVision Atlanta where a number of Atlanta’s Black and LGBT content creators and patrons gathered in support of Davien’s latest film. Many remember his first film, Red Carpet Hashtags & Heartbreak and were happy to see what is new with him. Noted attendees include Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Ebony Shinelle, Lyrik London, Brandon Karson Jordan, Alex Jante, JeTwahn of WeWereBorn, and Maurice Ravennah, CEO of U-Do TV.

You can catch “Some Kind Of Christmas” streaming now on www.SomeKindofChristmas.com!

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